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New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

Last September, Apple released the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, alongside the iPhone 10, using the roman numeral “X” to represent the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone release. This means it’s unclear whether the next flagship will be the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus, iPhone 11 or even the iPhone XI.

Rumours have speculated the following models:

  • iPhone SE 2
  • iPhone 9
  • iPhone 9 Plus
  • iPhone 11 (XI) – possibly expanding to 6.1in
  • iPhone X Plus

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The iPhone XI is rumoured to feature faster mobile data speeds, possibly with support ready for the launch of 5G technology, alongside a Dual-SIM card slot. A Dual-SIM Smartphone is capable of holding two SIM cards. This allows you to have two numbers and two identities at once, so you could make or receive calls and send or receive texts on either number and give each number only to people of your choosing. If you’re already on the line on one SIM, and another call comes through on the other SIM, you can choose to put your first call on hold while you take the second or the second call will go to voicemail, ensuring you don’t miss a call. Dual-SIM devices feature a SIM Manager, so you can decide various capabilities such as which is your main SIM and manage data usage separately. The SIM’s can also have different call and text rates.

What are the benefits?

  • Separate business and pleasure– Dual-SIM devices allow you to keep work and play separate with the potential for one SIM card for business and one for personal use. And you’ll be able to differentiate between work and personal calls before answering the phone. Better yet, you can get properly reimbursed for work calls with a clear line between personal and business expenses. 
  • Cheaper rates abroad–  Dual-SIM phones are highly useful for trips abroad as you’ll have the ability to put a local or travel SIM in one slot, that will match the country’s cheaper rates. 
  • More storage– Having two SIM cards means double the storage and the choice to store different content on each SIM, or to use one as a back-up.

In the past, the likes of Sony, Motorola, LG and Huawei have provided Dual-SIM models so this would be a nice update from Apple. Further speculations point to an included fast charger, removing the previous requirement to separately purchase a charger from Apple in order to take advantage of fast charging capabilities. Previously, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the first Apple devices to support quick charging – offering up to 50% of juice in just 30 minutes. Despite the new devices being capable of quick charging, the feature did not work with the included standard Lightning cable and iPhone charger. To take advantage, users had to purchase additional accessories that are compatible with USB Type-C charging, for a costly £74 (£25 for the adaptor cable and from £49 for the USB-C charger) so this will be welcomed news for those looking to purchase the next iPhone. Facial ID, a new chipset, possibly the A12 and a dual-lens rear camera are also expected to feature. For more rumours leading up the traditional September release, check back at the CMM blog.

The new Xiaomi Mi 8 is making waves in the smartphone industry

Introducing the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer

Xiaomi has announced the all-new Mi 8 in three variants, “regular”, “Explorer Edition” – which differentiates itself with a transparent glass back and a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner. Finally, the Mi 8 SE (Notably similar to the iPhone SE) is a smaller variant, offering a 5.88” screen and Snapdragon 710 processor, versus the 6.21” and more powerful Snapdragon 845 processor on the larger Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition models.

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The standard edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a 3,400 mAh battery for a base price of around $420, converting to around £315 (for the 64GB model), providing serious value for money. The Explorer Edition however, is the model tech fanatics are most excited about.

The in-screen fingerprint reader has only featured on one or two other devices in smartphone history. The reader is pressure-sensitive so that the device will only scan your finger to press down on the display. This is designed to save battery life, as the Explorer will not have to constantly scan for your fingerprint. The second stand-out feature is the 3D facial scanning mechanism, similar to the technology used in Apple’s iPhone X. The mechanism uses infrared light to create a 3D map of your face. This means it is able to identify you far more accurately than solutions that only use a front-facing camera. This mechanism can also be used for portrait lighting effects and animated characters similar to the Animoji on the iPhone X.

Spec overview

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The standard Mi 8 will also provide 3D Face Unlock, combined with a whopping 20MP front camera. The camera is also provided in the iPhone SE however various other specs such as the processor have been downgraded to compensate for the budget price. However, as recently featured on some of the latest smartphones such as the HTC Desire 12+, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and BlackBerry’s all new KEY2, all the new Mi 8 variants will feature a rear dual camera (12+5MP rear dual camera for the SE, 12MP for the Explorer and Mi 8). Impressively, all models run on the latest version of Android Oreo and feature Quick charging technology, but can be faulted for the lack of a headphone jack.

Too good to be true? Unfortunately those looking to purchase the new device from Xiaomi will be subject to import fees which may take the price up a notch, however, the value for money is still worth the extra effort.

Huawei launches Honor View 10 smartphone

Huawei launches View 10 smartphone

The new View 10 from Chinese Manufacturer, Huawei, boasts a 5.99” display with the World’s 1st Al processor. The built-in NPU (neural-network processing unit) means the View 10 allocates resources by anticipating your behaviour. For example, the View 10 will learn when you want to launch an app or perform an action, to speed it up, or when features and apps aren’t going to be used to save power. You’ll also be able to take advantage of facial unlock, an al accelerated translator and ‘smart tips’.

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The dual-camera is difficult to criticise, packed with intelligent photography algorithms that can identify 13 different types of scenes and objects. This means your camera settings will automatically adjust, providing you with professional images, irrelevant of your expertise. Not to mention Al motion detection and smart configuration. Powered by a 3,750mAh battery, Huawei claims the View 10 can be used for 5.5 hours of gaming, 19 hours of video playback, 160 hours of music playback, 21 hours of 4G browsing, or 23 hours of 3G talk. Better yet, the View 10 runs on the latest version of Android, 8.0 Oreo.

Spec overview

  • 5.99″ display
  • 20MP + 16MP dual-lens rear camera
  • 13MP front camera
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6GB RAM
  • 3,750mAh battery with supercharge
  • 128GB storage

How does the View 10 compare?

The only improvement that would take Huawei’s flagship up a notch would be water resistance, a feature that is near becoming a staple specification in the smartphone market, particularly after being introduced in the Apple iPhone 7 in 2016. Despite the inability to withstand rainier weathers, the View 10 offers profound value for money for a flagship device, with prices starting from just £499 SIM free. For more information on the View 10, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager on 01252 854352 or email sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk, we are always more than happy to help!

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

All Samsung products will be IoT enabled by 2020

Samsung has announced that all it’s products, from mobile devices to Samsung fridges, will be IoT (Internet of Things) enabled by 2020. IoT allows objects to be connected to the internet, be recognised by other devices and collect and exchange data. Smart Home is arguably the most popular IoT application, with Amazon Echo being a prime example of an IoT enabled device.

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Wearables are another example of IoT in action, from the Apple iWatch to Fitbit. Samsung’s IoT plans will allow them to gather a wide range of data from their users, to provide a deeper understanding of how their products are used and consequently how they can be developed to offer a better user experience. Further benefits of IoT include communication between you and your devices. For example, the Samsung fridge could have the ability to notify you when food will go out of date or when the milk’s running low.

If you’re a business considering upgrading the technology you use, we offer a alternative to IoT, Machine to Machine technology (M2M). M2M is an exchange of data between a connected device and a central system that monitors or controls that device. It allows machines to communicate directly with each other to convey information.

How can M2M help your business?

With M2M you can take advantage of real-time data, remote monitoring and analytics. For example, receive information on:

✓ How a remote asset in your business is performing, even down to the detail of it’s temperature and minimise the need for routine maintenance visits. But better yet, catch problems before they could affect your customers.

“If a machine or device can report back that it has broken down or that it needs refilling, then that saves, for example, a field-force employee driving around checking on these things. Because of the improved visibility, they only need to go where the attention is needed. That has a hard ROI for operations.” – Telsyte senior analyst.

✓ Where something is, allowing you to recover lost assets and prevent thefts.

Overall, M2M can help you increase profitably, launch new products and services, improve your customer relations and allow your business to become more agile and responsive. We offer M2M technology via dedicated sims that will connect over mobile networks. To find out more, please get in touch via sales@cmmtelecoms.co.uk or phone 01252 854352.

O2 reveals World’s first wearable tech nail

O2 reveals World’s first wearable tech nail

Mobile giant O2 has partnered with inventor Sean Miles and beauty brand Nails Inc to create the world’s first wearable tech nail. The new nail extension features an embedded miniature Bluetooth chip that can be paired with your smartphone. With the press of a button, you’ll be able to answer a call, play a song or redial the last dialled number. The Mobile Nail will be customisable with various nail art designs available with a range of manicures exclusively designed by Nails Inc.

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According to O2’s survey results, consumers are looking forward to body augments with 66% believing advances in technology will make life easier and 56% looking forward to augmenting and adapting their bodies, including implantation. The prototype trial took place at the Nails Inc bar in Harvey Nichols, London, up until the 24th of December 2017, however it’s unclear when the new technology will be officially released on the market.

 

Google’s Project Loon connects 100k in Puerto Rico

Google’s Project Loon connects 100k in Puerto Rico

Although many view the Internet as a global phenomenon, more than half of the world’s population are still without Internet access. Project Loon is an initiative by Google designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide,  using a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space. The new technology can not only help fill coverage gaps but it can also help to bring people back online after disasters, as seen in Puerto Rico after cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

“In times of crisis, being able to communicate with loved ones, emergency services and critical information is key,” – Alastair Westgarth, project lead at Project Loon

A Loon balloon on its way to Puerto Rico from Nevada

This is the second time Loon has been tested during a disaster relief effort with balloons sent to flood zones in Peru last year. The balloons have helped enable texts, emails and basic web access, however Alphabet, Google’s parent company, have stressed that Loon is still new and unpredictable despite the recent success.

How does Loon work?

Loon is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space. The Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as air planes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed, the balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel.

Google has partnered with various telecoms companies to share cellular spectrum to allow people to connect to the balloon network directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The signal is then passed across the balloon network and back down to the global Internet on Earth.